After Target breach, Homeland Security warns retailers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Investigators probing the recent holiday season cyberattack are warning retailers about sophisticated malware that potentially affected a large number of stores.By Evan Perez and Gregory Wallace  @CNNMoneyA homeland security official said Thursday that the malware is described in a government report that has been distributed to retailers.The warning follows a massive breach at Target that compromised credit card numbers and other personal information on up to 110 million customers.A private firm working on the investigation, iSIGHT Partners, said the hackers behind the malware “displayed innovation and a high degree of skill in orchestrating the various components of the activity.”“It’s not necessarily the specific malware components individually that make this new or sophisticated, but it’s really the size or scale of this operation at large that makes this unique,” said Tiffany Jones, senior vice president at iSIGHT Partners.The malware infects individual point of sale devices. It monitors data processed on the device, then transmits that data outside of the retailer, she said.It is especially hard to detect because it deletes records that could tell investigators it fraudulently transmitted the data, Jones added.The “malicious software has potentially infected a large number of retail operations,” Jones told CNNMoney.Jones declined to name specific retailers infected with the malware, but her description of its function is in line with experts’ understanding of the Target hack. A spokeswoman for Target did not immediately respond to a request for comment.“We’ve seen various types of malware that have done that, but its the first time that we’ve seen this attack at this scale of criminal operation,” she said. The malware manages to “covertly subvert network controls” and avoids current anti-virus software. continue reading »last_img read more

Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: February 10, 2017 10:23 AM EST Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids LOS ANGELES (CBS) Protesters blocked an entrance to a freeway in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night following a demonstration against what they said are stepped-up immigration raids across Southern California, reports CBS Los Angeles.The group held a vigil at the downtown office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. on Alameda Street. After the event, about 100-150 people moved to the freeway entrance.Police were present, but did not appear to making any efforts to move the protesters. There were no indications of violence or arrests at the event.ICE told CBS News claims form activists of more than 100 arrests or detentions in several L.A.-area cities are “grossly exaggerated.”ICE said any raids conducted recently were “routine” and “ongoing” — in other words, not related to national political events.“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers conduct enforcement actions every day around the country and here in Southern California as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to uphold public safety and border security. Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities,” the agency said.“Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions. To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”But state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said he had heard reports of additional ICE raids and is seeking more information from federal officials.“There are reports that ICE today executed raids across Southern California. I have asked federal officials to disclose how many children, men, and women they have detained; what the processing time will be; what the rationale is for their detention; and I asked that everyone be offered access to an attorney,” de Leon said.“It is now clear the Trump administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities. Mass deportations will not make us safer; instead they will simply undermine our state’s economy.”The ACLU of Southern California said it had also heard reports of stepped-up immigration raids. SHARElast_img read more

Police Probe Spate Of Overnight Vandalism – Lockerbie

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers in Lockerbie are investigating a number of vandalisms that took place sometime overnight Wednesday 29/Thursday 30 March 2017.In the first incident a window at Lochmaben Primary School was broken between 1600 hours on 29th and 0720 hours on 30th March. In further incidents a poly tunnel at Lockerbie Academy was also damaged and the rear window of a silver Peugeot 308 motor car, which was parked in Redhall Road, Templand was smashed the same night. A window at Kirk Loch Caravan Park was also broken sometime between 1630 hours and 1200 hours, again overnight on 29/30 March 2017. Constable Terence Robertson at Lockerbie said “Having carried out enquires we understand a dark coloured vehicle with a loud exhaust has been heard near to the locus of a number of the vandalisms. We will be reviewing CCTV and carrying out door to door enquiries however I would ask anyone that has information that may assist our enquiries contact Police at Lockerbie on the 101 number”.last_img read more

Venus Williams sets up all-American US Open semis

first_img [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Venus Williams sets up all-American US Open semis’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Thursday, September 7, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’’ attachment=’116647′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] Venus Williams screams after the score of a game returned to deuce in the third set of her US Open quarterfinal against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, Sept. 5. AP [av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]NEW YORK – Venus Williams’ renaissance year continued on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when she downed Petra Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6(2) in an electrifying atmosphere to set up an all-American US Open semifinal against Sloane Stephens.The 37-year-old ninth seed, who has already played two grand slam finals this season, blossomed under pressure in a nail-biting third set to remain on course for her first major title since she won Wimbledon in 2008.Kvitova, back to her best after a career-threatening injury sidelined her for five months, was up a break in the decider but the 13th seed allowed Williams back into the contest and the American was the more composed player in the tiebreak.“I have to say I felt every single one of you guys behind me. That feels good and I did not want to let you guys down,” Williams told the 23,000 crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium, before adding a word for her opponent, who was stabbed in her left hand by an intruder at her home last December.“Everything she’s gone through … It’s unbelievable. It’s wonderful to see her back and play amazing. I’m so fortunate to have won that match.”Williams and Stephens could be joined in the last four by compatriots Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, who are both playing on Wednesday.Kvitova, whose previous five matches against Venus all went to three sets, led early on when a third Williams double fault in the third game put the Czech 2-1 up.She still had not found her range properly, though, and Williams levelled for 3-3 with a break when Kvitova fired a forehand long.Williams held serve in the next game and went on to set up three break points as Kvitova sprayed the court with unforced errors, converting the first with a neat backhand winner down the line.The 2000 and 2001 US Open champion continued to serve almost perfectly and pocketed the opening set when Kvitova, who hit 16 unforced errors, returned long.Kvitova, whose backhand return was proving tough to handle, again went ahead in the second set with a break courtesy of a winner down the line and she held for 3-0 after saving break points.The roof was closed as drops of rain started to fall and, after that brief interruption, Kvitova saved two break points before levelling the tie with a big first serve that Williams returned long.Kvitova also drew first blood in the decider, using her crafty backhand to devastating effect to break for 2-1, but a double fault on break point in the sixth game allowed Williams to level.The match always looked like being decided in the tiebreak and Williams took an early mini-break before dictating play with deep forehands to take a 6-1 lead.She double faulted on her first match point but Kvitova returned wide on the second. (Reuters)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more